CCAFS is engaged in conducting baseline surveys at the household, village and organizational levels across the three target regions. The challenge is to design tools and instruments that adhere to the highest quality standards in data collection in order to allow for cross-site comparisons to be made.

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In 2010 and 2011, a set of 30 sites was selected for baseline survey implementation. It is explicitly recognized that this initial set of sites may be augmented over time (as new priorities and opportunities emerge), that some sites may receive more attention than others, and it is possible that some sites may be phased out (if priorities change over time). Additional sites and partners will be added as research priorities for CCAFS are co-developed with local and regional partners. Beyond the baseline surveys undertaken in each of the 30 sites, work is underway defining 'climate analogues' – areas where the projected climate in 2030 matches the current climate at each site.

The plan is to revisit these households and villages after roughly 5 years, and again in 10 years, to monitor what changes have occurred since the baseline survey was carried out. The goal is not to attribute these changes to CCAFS, as multiple partners and interventions are already underway in these sites, but to be able to assess what kinds of changes have occurred and whether these changes are helping households adapt to, and mitigate, climate change.

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